Not really, except maybe some RAM. If you properly adjust the virtual memory setting then you won't get that error. All that is is a chunk of space on your HD that the OS uses for temp storage-no biggie.
1) A little more ram wouldn't hurt. Obviously you can run with 256 Mb, but you'll notice a big difference going to either 384 or 512.
2) What were you doing when you got that message (if it was a game it may be a known issue)? Did it happen more than once? Do you tend to have a number of programs / windows open simultaneously?
3) Try letting XP manage your pagefile and see if that helps. Depending on your responses to the above questions, it appears XP isn't happy with your current settings so lets see what happens when you let the OS manage it.
But as for the move from the 256 to 384/512 being assumed, that depends on a few more things. Processor speed-amount of installed programs-startup progs-what he is doing on his box-and how many apps he runs while on his box.
I have a very slow 800Mhz AMD with 512MD RAM. When I went from 256 to 512 I noticed a moderate difference with bootup speed and app stability. If I had a faster processor I may have gotten a better increase.
Also, nobody asked if he is running XP or not, it has just been assumed. That makes a difference as well. 512MB with XP is almost a standard if you want to run instead of craw with it. :blink:
this is a fairly common occurrence in 256meg machines
the minimum is set too low by default
letting windows manage it has little benefit in my experience
I would just just increase your minimum to 512meg
defrag the pagefile http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/pagedefrag.shtml
and you shouldn't see it again
Since this is an XP forum (or at least it used to be ), that's the one assumption I do make unless told otherwise. And I don't care what your processor is, if you are running XP you will see a significant difference between 256 Mb ram and 384-512 Mb ram.